Chelsea are preparing to make another move for Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez this summer, claims a report.
Gimenez has been on the radar of Chelsea supremo Maria Granovskaia for some time, with the club, under Frank Lampard, interested in a deal last summer.
According to reporter Fabrizio Romano (via the Here We Go podcast), Chelsea wanted the centre-back.
Romano said that the Blues were “so interested” in the Urugayan, but his release clause prevented them from swooping.
That is believed to be set at €120m. However, after starting just 12 games in La Liga this season due to injuries, that price tag looks mightily high.
AS reported in September that Manchester City had made a bid in excess of €80m for Gimenez. But that fell some way short of Atletico Madrid’s evaluation of the player.
Sport Witness reported that the Spanish club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, confirmed the bid when speaking on Onda Cero’s El Transistor programme.
Tuchel: Chelsea players have a strong bond
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says special moments have helped build a strong bond between his players.
He said: “Yes we received the offer [from City], but Gimenez is a magnificent player and we are interested in having magnificent players in our team.”
The Athletic insist Chelsea remain interested in the 26-year-old, who is under contract until 2023.
New boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be chasing a new centre-back this summer. David Alaba, Niklas Sule and Ibrahima Konate are all reportedly under consideration.
Gimenez for his part did little to quell rumours in December after Football.london claimed he liked a tweet that joked: “Day 44 of tweeting Jose Maria Gimenez until @ChelseaFC signs him.”
Christensen set for new deal
Meanwhile, Tuchel is expected to clear the decks of players he does not fancy this summer.
Andreas Christensen though looks set for a new contract, according to The Telegraph.
The 24-year-old has worked his way into Tuchel’s plans and has started five of the last six Premier League games. Blues have conceded just once in those games, an Antonio Rudiger own goal against Sheff Utd.
The Denmark defender is out of contract in 2022 and Tuchel is eager to tie down the reliable defender.
Christensen was in and out of the team under Lampard, but he has impressed enough to earn a new deal under Tuchel.
Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta are also both out of contract in 2022. While Thiago Silva has the option to extend his 12-month deal by another 12 months.